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Detention data collection phase, regulatory process under way

As required by the FAST Act, DOT will report "on the impact of loading and unloading delays" on the economy, transport efficiency, safety and driver pay/income. Efforts could hold import for hours, detention pay in future.

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DOT issues rule to require truck passengers to wear seat belts, hold truckers accountable

The agency's rule will “hold motor carriers and drivers responsible” for making sure passengers in their trucks wear seat belts, the agency says. The rule will take effect Aug. 8.

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Publication date for CDL clearinghouse rule pushed back again

The projected publication date for the looming Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse was pushed back 13 days from August 16 to August 29.

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The latest on speed limiters: Senate wants DOT to act now

Proponents of a speed limiter mandate, like some trucking lobbyists and so-called safety advocacy groups, appear tired of the DOT dragging its feet in getting the proposed rule published and have asked Congress to intervene.

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DOT’s study on truck size and weight contains little fresh news

An extensive federal study of heavier and larger trucks says greater analysis and fewer data limitations are necessary to gauge impact on the transportation system. The federally mandated research echoed the study’s technical reports, released last June by the DOT.

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DOT further delays speed limiter, drug/alcohol clearinghouse rules

The projected publication dates of two looming trucking regulations have been delayed again, according to the Department of Transportation’s monthly regulatory update.

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‘All the money in the world’ may not be enough to solve trucking’s parking crisis, panelists say

Simply adding more parking spaces, even along busy freight corridors, likely wouldn’t fix the country’s widespread truck parking shortage, said four panelists at a seminar held last week at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

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I-96 overnight full closure March 2

The Michigan DOT reports that, given winter weather predicted for earlier this week, an overnight, full closure on I-96 at Aurelius Road in Lansing has been rescheduled for the night of Wednesday, March 2.

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Roads 511: Highway information in real time

Catch highway-traffic, -accident and -construction alerts from state DOTs and 511 services on Twitter via Overdrive's "Roads 511" Twitter list timeline.

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ELD mandate: Is drivers’ time saved by e-logs worth near $2 billion annually?

Just as it's pretty hard to estimate time saved in a reliable way, it's pretty hard for paper and pencil to malfunction in the same way a computer can -- delving into FMCSA's ELD mandate cost-benefit analysis.

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